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South Carolina’s Marching 101 will pay tribute to band’s biggest fan

South Carolina’s Marching 101 will pay tribute to band’s biggest fan

BY ROBERT S. BLUE II SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER At an HBCU, halftime isn’t a break in the action. It’s just the beginning. While the football players demonstrate agility with high-flying catches, spectacular runs and hard-hitting tackles, marching band members work tirelessly to perfect their craft of high-flying drum majors, spectacular blends of passion […]

From a CITY to a SYMBOL

From a CITY to a SYMBOL

How Michael Brown’s death a year ago shook up Ferguson and the nation BY KEVIN MCDERMOTT ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH/TNS FERGUSON, Mo. — Before last summer, Ferguson was just one more patch in the crowded quilt of towns that make up St. Louis County — a mixed-race, working-class community of about 21,000 people on six square […]

4 myths about emergency preparedness

4 myths about emergency preparedness

Tools to help families prepare for the unthinkable From Family Features As many as 40 percent of American families do not have a family emergency plan in place, according to Save the Children®, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving children a healthy start and protection from harm. But emergencies can happen to anyone at any […]

THE NAACP MARCHES ON

THE NAACP MARCHES ON

Civil rights leader Cornell Brooks and other foot soldiers on a march from Selma to Washington aim to influence Congress and the White House. TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE NAACP President Cornell William Brooks is leading an 860-mile “America’s Journey for Justice’’ march from Selma, Ala. to Washington, D.C. He has described it as  “building a […]

How to get the best back-to-school deals

How to get the best back-to-school deals

Coupons, loss-leaders can help parents save on supplies, clothing BY GREGORY KARP CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS Back-to-school is the second-biggest shopping event of the year for retailers, but paying full retail prices in the typical “mall haul” is for suckers, say expert shoppers and cheapskates. Americans will spend $68 billion during this year’s back-to-school season, including back-to-college, […]

New Katrina book gives honest look at devastation, disparities

New Katrina book gives honest look at devastation, disparities

BOOK REVIEW:  Review of “Katrina:  After the Flood” by Gary Rivlin. Simon & Schuster.  450 pp.  $27. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show’’ a week after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin gave his host a tour of the Superdome. Assaulted by […]

THE GOOD THAT CAME OUT OF KATRINA

THE GOOD THAT CAME OUT OF KATRINA

Devastating hurricane has led to major improvements in the past 10 years BY KEN KAYE SUN SENTINEL/TNS FORT LAUDERDALE  — Hurricane Katrina, the most-destructive and third-deadliest storm in U.S. history, also was a force for change, spurring major advancements in forecasting and communication. Since its rampage in late August 2005, scientists have developed several new […]

10 ways to simplify back-to-school shopping

10 ways to simplify back-to-school shopping

From Family Features While kids and parents alike eagerly await the fresh start of a new school year, the back-to-school season is not without its share of stressors for busy families. The start of school means new schedules, teachers, shoes, backpacks and friends; as well as new academic challenges. Adding some fun and excitement to […]

Capturing harmony and hate in South Carolina

Capturing harmony and hate in South Carolina

Courier photographer visits Emmanuel A.M.E. Church and attends KKK rally BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR. FLORIDA COURIER Last weekend, I took a road trip from my home in Daytona Beach to South Carolina to photograph the KKK rally in Columbia. For years, I’ve captured scenes of civil unrest in Florida and the nation’s capital, photographing […]

How Cuba’s tourism could affect rest of Caribbean

How Cuba’s tourism could affect rest of Caribbean

Loss of visitors to other countries a major concern BY MIMI WHITEFIELD MIAMI HERALD/TNS Cuba is poised to become the new darling of Caribbean tourism and its good news could be the region’s bad news. Caribbean tourism officials are fearful that if the United States allows free travel to Cuba by Americans, it will result […]